Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Thirteen Notable Traditions Found On UNESCO's List Of Intangible Cultural Heritage, In Order

13. The gastronomic meal of the French

12. Gingerbread craft from northern Croatia

11. Chinese paper-cut

10. Human towers

9. Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions in Costa Rica

8. The Duduk and its Music

7. The hopping procession of Echternach

6. The watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks

5. The Tango

4. Kırkpınar oil wrestling festival

3. The scissors dance

2. Whistled language of the island of La Gomera

1. Falconry, a living human heritage

Anthony Lydgate lives in Brooklyn with his duduk. He wishes to remind you that the UN's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meets in Bali next week to consider new inscriptions to the List.

Photo of Kırkpınar wrestlers via Wikipedia..

22 Comments / Post A Comment

Walmarton Friedman (#179,361)

Why on earth wasn't the festive and delicious American tradition of eating in a parking lot before a football game, also know as the Tailgate Party, not listed on the Unesco list of great intangible cultural contributions?

SeanP (#4,058)

@Walmarton Friedman The omission of "bros icing bros" is another atrocity.

Vicky (#7,168)

I'm surprised that there aren't any Intangible Culture Heritage items from Scandinavia or Oceania on the list (the full UNESCO list, not just this one [which is perfect]). Is there anywhere we can see a list of what they're considering adding? Is the location of that list totally obvious and this is a dumb question?

IAmDuduk (#179,375)

@Vicky The Committee is very secretive. If it makes you feel better, I'm pretty sure that the coolness of a culture is inversely proportional to the number of times it appears on the list. (Also, the winners of late seem to have been those who produced the snappiest videos, and Scandinavia has better things to do.)

laurel (#4,035)

@Vicky We have always been ignoring Oceania.

bronwyn (#3,351)

@laurel WE NOTICED.

Myles Tanzer (#13,698)

Carved candles from Michigan should be on this list.

jolie (#16)

Why yes, I most certainly am interested in gingerbread craft from northern Croatia!

@jolie And what of the famed bleachcraft of the Scottish Lowlands? (not actually a thing, probably)

jfruh (#713)

@sorry your heinous "bleachcraft of the Scottish Lowlands" = drunken Scots throwing bleach in one another's faces

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

@jolie That is the only video I watched the whole way through. So delicious! Also, I loved the way the narrator said "dow" instead of "dough."

jolie (#16)

@DoctorDisaster It was really interesting! Those gingerbread pieces are beautiful and now I'm wondering where to find a good Northern Croatian bakery in New York.

laurel (#4,035)

Those Chinese paper cuts really sting.

riotnrrd (#840)

@laurel But then 20 minutes later you're ready for another one. OH I AM HILARIOUS

Smitros (#5,315)

Where's the love for flintknapping?

Vera Knoop (#2,167)

Having read "In the Hills the Cities," I'm nearly brought to tears by watching the human tower one.

Turboslut (#1,036)

The scissor dance just isn't at all what I imagined

Smitros (#5,315)

@Turboslut I feel you, Mr. Garrison.

The list could also include Mexican Day of the Dead traditions.

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What a great list: love the duduk, and the gingerbread, of course.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

Lovely list, but I can't help but feel as though the video for falconry should be replaced with Roxy's "Avalon" music video.

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